Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
CABLEGRAM RECEIVED 19th. July, 1917.
For Admiral Sims.
Opnav eight the following cable received from Petrograd is quoted for your information. “Urge that the Department send patrol vessels to Archangel as both military and political necessities. As many and as fast as possible are required. Signed Crosley.” An expression of your opinion is <in> this matter is desired, granted that it might in the near future be possible to send a very limited number of such vessels.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG45, Entry 517B. A recipient note under “CABLEGRAM RECEIVED” reads: “Origin Admiral Benson, Washington Serial No.Opnav.8./Via Western Union Sigcode/Copies to Lieut. Commander [John V.] Babcock: File No: 25-9-La/Action referred to:/Lieut-CommanderBabcock, for Admiral.”